Creating Strong Passwords

There are three tips to creating passwords that will protect your credentials:

Tip One: Your password should be at least 8 characters in length. The more characters in the passwords the better.padlock

Tip Two: You should have at least one character from each of the following groups in your password

  1. Lower case alphabets
  2. Upper case alphabets
  3. Numbers
  4. Special Characters

Tip Three: Never use common things like your name.  One of the strongest methods is called using PassPhrases.  A passphrase is made up of the first characters of something you can easily remember like: “My 1st job was at a gas station!” gives you “M1jwaags!” It is easier to remember a phrase than a complex password.  Type the first character of your phrase as your password.

What is the world’s most popular password?  Yes, it is “password.”  Not a good idea.

You can find the 2014 list of the 25 most popular passwords HERE.  Don’t use any of them!

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